North Bayshore Precise Plan Bonus FAR

In May 2015, the City Council allocated office Bonus FAR to specific proposed North Bayshore development projects.  The Bonus FAR projects include: Broadreach (1625 Plymouth Street), Shashi hotel (1625 North Shoreline Boulevard), and Google Landings (1861, 1875 and 2003 Landings Drive).  Two sites which received office Bonus FAR allocations, the ‘Rees’ property (2690 Casey Avenue), now owned by Google, and Shoreline Commons (1400 and 1500 North Shoreline Boulevard), now owned by SyWest and Google, have not yet submitted Bonus FAR applications.  The Precise Plan requires the Commons site to be ‘master planned’, with an integrated land use and circulation plan that meets the policy goals established by the General Plan and North Bayshore Precise Plan.  As of yet, SyWest and Google have not agreed to a Master Plan for the Commons site.

The 2015 Bonus FAR allocation process sought to allocate office FAR to projects that best implemented the 2014 North Bayshore Precise Plan principles through site redevelopment, infrastructure improvements, and community benefits.  

Authorized Bonus FAR Projects

On May 5, 2015, the City Council reviewed the North Bayshore Bonus FAR applications for new development and authorized projects to proceed through the development review process (Meeting Agenda - Item 6.1). Projects selected to proceed through the development review process include:

  • 1625 Plymouth Street (Broadreach) - On June 21, 2016, City Council approved a 6-story, 224,000 sq. ft. office building with a 4-level parking garage (Meeting Agenda - Item 6.4). [Constructed and Occupied]
  • 1625 North Shoreline Boulevard (Shashi Hotel) - On November 1, 2016, City Council approved a 5-story, 200-room hotel with a 5-level parking structure (Meeting Agenda - Item 6.1).[Constructed and Occupied]
  • 1255 Pear Avenue Phase II (Sobrato) - On October 23, 2018, City Council approved a 6-story, 231,000 sq. ft. office building and 635 residential units, retaining an existing 156,000 sq. ft. office building. (Meeting Staff Report and Materials). [Under Building Permit Review]
  • 1400 North Shoreline Boulevard (Google/SyWest) - A proposed mixed-use development with 93,000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurants, a 98,000 sq. ft. athletic club, an 88,500 sq. ft. movie theater, a 200-room hotel, and 1.5 million sq. ft. of office over two levels of underground parking. 
  • 1201 San Antonio Road (Rees Properties) - A proposed 3-story, 190,000 sq. ft. office building with one-level of underground parking.   

Revisions to Bonus FAR projects

Google and SyWest submitted Bonus FAR applications to the City on November 30, 2018, which included substantial modifications to their original authorized Bonus FAR project allocations. As noted in the Precise Plan, “if Bonus FAR development projects are substantially modified from the original qualifying Bonus FAR request, either by project scope or FAR amount, then the request shall return to the City Council for review and requalification." Therefore, City Council reviewed the revised applications in 2019, which are provided below: 


Please contact Martin Alkire, Advanced Planning Manager, by email or phone at 650-903-6306 with any questions.